Monday, February 15, 2010

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971, Melvin Van Peebles)

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is considered by many to be not only an important film for the Black community but also an inspiration for DIY film makers. The way the film was made and all of the controversies (and spreading of venereal diseases) is pretty amazing and ground breaking. The film itself? Well, that's a little more difficult.

Sweet Sweetback is the story of (you guessed it) Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) who got this nickname as a kid for his sexual prowess (or size of his weiner, I'm not sure). Regardless, Sweetback grows up in a whorehouse and puts on sex shows with the women there for customers. He gets framed for a crime and then gets handcuffed to another guy and then fucks some biker chick and kills some dogs. There's more to it...or is there.

Truth is, I didn't really understand this movie. Nor did I like it. It was a hallucinogenic, confusing, sexually graphic mess. The sex scenes are real and they are frequent, not to mention tasteless and uncomfortable. The film is very psychedelic, with a lot of dizzying camera work and repeated sound bites. I really had no idea what was going on for most of the film and didn't really care. I was glad when it was over and hope I never have to watch it again.

RATING: 2/10

1 comment:

  1. heh heh, I was recommended this film by my brother. I still want to check it out.